Announcing the winners of the ICGEB Science Communication Internship

Announcing the winners of the Science Communication Internship 2023

On 11 February 2023, ICGEB announced the winners of the science communication internship call. The awardees will work with Dr. Chris Smith, clinical virologist at Cambridge University, UK, on the BBC Radio 5 live Naked Scientists show.

The internship provides a training opportunity to gain exposure to the latest techniques and developments in science communication for the general public, working with the team in Cambridge UK, and culminating in the production of a radio broadcast for BBC Radio 5 live.

Open to Ph.D students at the three ICGEB Components, applicants were asked to explain why such an opportunity would be valuable to their career, and key in the selection, according to Dr. Chris Smith, the original Naked Scientist, breaking down complex scientific concepts into easy-to-understand terms in a way that is clear and accessible to people who do not have a background in science is fundamental.

Originally launched with a view to one internship being awarded, based on the strength and number of the applications received, 4 candidates were shortlisted and interviewed by the team in Cambridge and finally, 3 were selected to participate in training.

Congratulations to the awardees:

  • Nadine Tambwe, 1st year PhD student at ICGEB Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sannia Farrukh, 4th year PhD student at ICGEB Trieste, Italy and
  • Alma Tammour, 2nd year PhD student at ICGEB New Delhi, India

We are delighted to announce the winners in the context of the UN International Day for Girls and Women in Science, 11 February 2024, a recurrence to feature Girls in Science as authors, and to highlight the role of Women in Science in achieving socio-economic sustainable development.

We believe these results reflect the great pool of young, talented scientists at the ICGEB Components who recognise the importance of communications based on sound scientific knowledge, and latest techniques and developments in science communication skills.

Women to watch! We look forward to their work!


On 11 February 2024 in Delhi, ICGEB scientists and researchers participated in the launch of the Science for Women – a Tech & Innovation Portal (SWATI).

Hosted by the National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) in New Delhi, the portal was launched on the occasion of International Day of Women and Girls in Science and is an inter-academy panel on women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood launched the Portal, with the event attended by distinguished scientists, including Dr. Rajesh Gokhale, Secretary of the Department of Biotechnology DBT, Drs. Renu Swarup and Manju Sharma, former Secretaries of DBT, and Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, former Secretary DST and current President of INSA. The event took place at Indian National Science Academy New Delhi. Prof. Quarraisha Abdool Karim, President of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) was also present as a special invitee.

The Portal is a complete interactive database, the first of its kind in India, and is developed, hosted and maintained by the NIPGR in New Delhi.